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Thomas W. Carey Jr.

January 13, 1954 ~ June 17, 2020 (age 66)

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Thomas W. Carey Jr. was a son, brother, cousin, friend, uncle, husband, father, father-in-law, and grandpa. He was 66 years young of Algonquin, Illinois formerly of Schaumburg, Illinois where he spent most of his childhood. He passed away in Chicago at Northwestern Hospital on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. 

Tom was born on January 13, 1954 in New York, New York to Thomas W. Carey Sr. and Laura (Holbrook) Carey. He is survived by his beloved wife Sheree L. (Potter) Carey of 35 years, his loving daughter Aimee (Derick) Szyda, his cherished granddaughter Haylee, his brothers Michael (Lynne) Carey and Joseph (Barbara) Carey. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Tom married Sheree in the fall of 1984. They said "I do" at All Saints Cathedral and celebrated at Nordic Hills Resort. In the winter of 1985, they had a little girl who would grow up and eventually ride into work with her Dad. During the first few years of marriage, Tom worked at Wyler's then took a job at Olmarc Packaging while attending Triton College where he took some electrical courses at night. His work journey continued as an Electrician when he took a position with Waldron Electric which would lead him to work for High Energy Electric. His last position as an Electrician was at Klein Tools, Inc. where he would work for the remainder of his career up until his retirement in 2015. He met a lot of great people during his tenure at Klein and was passionate about his work.

Tom loved to travel and enjoyed being outdoors. Hawaii became a second home. Tom and Sheree trained for a year to get ready for their half dome hike in California. It was one of the longest hikes they completed together (16.5 miles round trip) and it included a hike up a granite slab. He jumped out of a perfectly good airplane (as he would say) with his daughter's friends, ran in several 5k and 8k races with his wife and daughter, and enjoyed a nice cold Miller Lite complete with a frosted mug on his patio after cutting the grass. During his daughter's younger years, they enjoyed time in Wisconsin Dells and Florida with many memories by the pool and at the ocean. 

There were nights where Tom, Sheree, and Aimee would play three-handed pinochle and enjoy some homemade sloppy joe's, potato salad, or some nuts and bolts. His favorite dishes to make were his famous tuna noodle salad and chicken fried rice. He made a meatloaf... only once. We left meatloaf making up to mom. In his spare time, Tom enjoyed fishing and completing home improvements. He enjoyed dinners out with his wife at Yu's Madrian in earlier years and Montara's in his later years. Tom always said no one could beat him in the game Othello but one day his daughter finally did. Tom was a hard-working and passionate man who was always there for his family. He loved spending time at home and traveling creating so many precious memories. 

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Cremation rites were accorded privately. Arrangements are under the care of Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Algonquin. They can be contacted at (847) 458-1700.


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